Jesus, the Light of the World
Jesus Christ is the light of the world.
“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life’” (John 8:12).
1. Jesus is the light of the world.
2. A follower of Jesus shall not walk in darkness.
3. Jesus’ follower will have the light of life.
In the natural, God created the sun which gives life to all living things.
In the spiritual, when someone receives Jesus, they find life: eternal life.
They go from death to life, from darkness to light.
What is eternal life?
“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3).
Eternal, Everlasting life
The eternal God offers every person eternal life.
Eternal life is knowing Him, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
It is also “the age to come” (Mark 10:30).
The Words for Eternal, Everlasting Life
The same Greek word for “eternal” is also translated “everlasting.” That word is “aionion.”
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
The Greek words for “Eternal Life” – Zoe Aionion
Zoe – “life”
Aionion – “eternal, everlasting”
Zoe: the Divine Nature, the Life of God
Jesus used the word “zoe” for the life that God offers.
He used this word many times.
What does it mean?
It is the divine, abundant life, which results from simply knowing God through Jesus.
Jesus Offers Abundant Life
In the good shepherd passage, Jesus spoke further about the life He offers: “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).
The Amplified version says: “I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]” (John 10:10).
Partakers of the Divine Nature
Those who know Jesus are partakers of the divine nature.
“. . . by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4).
The sun reveals the trinity.
The sun, the light and the life it gives reveal: the Father, Jesus the light of the world, and the Holy Spirit.